Laser cladding is a new, innovative laser technique for all kinds of surface treatments. With the help of a diode laser an additional material can be cladded onto a component to extend its lifetime, and improve its resistance against wear and corrosion. 

After thorough research in cooperation with the Laser Processing Research Centre, at the University of Manchester, ALT discovered the enormous advantages and possibilities of laser cladding. Due to investments in new in-house laser cladding facilities we are able to use this expertise to act quickly and accurately to meet new customer's cladding demands.

Laser cladding is a technique that is already being used for several applications in the aerospace and automotive industry. Laser cladding can be used for the protection against wear and corrosion of new components and for the repair of damaged components.

Powder fed laser beam cladding is the cladding of an additional material onto a component with the help of a laser beam. Cladding coating materials are chosen based on their technical purposes, i.e. to provide corrosion resistance, chemical resistance or greater hardness.

 

Advantages of laser cladding

Existing methods require a much higher heat input that may result in distortion of the component. However the thermal input of a laser clad beam can be precisely controlled. Therefore laser cladding is suitable for all kinds of damaged and new components in which a minimum amount of distortion is demanded, and a maximum amount of high precision is required.

 

Laser cladding applications

· Bearing surfaces · Heavy equipment for mining, construction, agriculture
· Seal Surfaces · Oil recovery and refining
· Pump Components · Pulp & paper
· Drive train parts · Food and chemical processing
· Turbine blades · Automotive
· Extruders · Aerospace
· Mining bits · Coal and Nuclear Energy
· Forging dies · Steel Manufacturing
· Rolls · Remanufacturing
· Tanks
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